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IVF History

The first successful IVF birth was achieved in 1978 in the UK by Steptoe and Edwards in a natural cycle. This success followed a number of failed attempts including one in 1975 that resulted in an ectopic pregnancy.

Since that time, IVF technology has expanded markedly with multiple applications in human reproduction.

IVF was invented to by-pass damaged or blocked Fallopian “tubes”.

IVF timelines:

1878 – basic research studies on animal gametes leading up to IVF

1959-1963 – Chang and Yanagamici undertake ground breaking research that proves mammalian IVF possible

1978 – first test tube baby Louise Brown is born in the UK

1992 – ICSI is introduced allowing men with very poor sperm quality to use their own Sperm instead of donor sperm

2004 – IVF treatment is mainstream medical technology with over 450 IVF clinic in the USA alone

2012 – Over 5 million IVF babies born worldwide

Now –  Approximately 2% of children in the UK are conceived using IVF technology


At the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) to offer IVF and ICSI treatments using the latest technology to Private and NHS funded patients.

Email – info@BCRM.org.uk

Tel0117 414 6888

What is IVF?

IVF stands for in vitro fertilisation, which means fertilisation outside the body. During IVF, sperm and eggs are brought together in the laboratory to create an embryo. As part of the IVF process, drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to prepare eggs for fertilisation.

These eggs are then collected (usually under general anaesthetic) and mixed with sperm to allow the eggs to be fertilised. The eggs that are fertilised successfully are grown and monitored in the lab for 2-6 days before the best one, two or (in exceptional cases) three embryos are transferred back into the womb to grow into a baby.

What is ICSI?

ICSI is a sophisticated form of IVF where individual sperm are selected for injection directly into the egg to improve the chances of fertilisation and creating an embryo. ICSI is used in cases where there are problems with sperm quality or quantity.

Do I need IVF or ICSI?

In some cases, IVF or ICSI is the only option; in others it is one of many options. At BCRMl, we offer personalised care and will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment depending on your individual circumstances. We will establish if either IVF or ICSI is right for you, depending on your diagnosis, age and how long you’ve been trying to conceive.

IVF pregnancy rates

The success of IVF depends on several factors, which include the following: clinical expertise, laboratory quality, diagnosis, health, diet and age of the female partner. Of these, age is one of the most important factors. We will discuss the chances of success in your particular circumstances and advice on specific measures to improve your chances of having a baby.

Cost of IVF and ICSI treatment

The cost of IVF or ICSI treatment includes the following:

What’s included in an IVF treatment cycle at BCRM


Our treatment programme delivers advanced care with transparent pricing and no hidden extras.

If you have any questions about the cost of IVF or ICSI treatment, or wish to make an appointment, do contact us on 0117 414 8666. You can also email: info@BCRM.org.uk

NHS IVF and ICSI treatment

Whilst we are a private clinic, we believe patients who are entitled to NHS funded IVF treatment should pursue this if they are eligible.

If you live in the Bristol area, the following link will be of use to see if you qualify:


If you live in other parts of the UK please use the following the following link to see what fertility and IVF treatment options may be available to you:



If  you wish to have Private IVF treatment, our programme delivers advanced care with transparent pricing and no hidden extras.

If you have any questions about the cost of IVF or ICSI treatment, or wish to make an appointment, do contact our Bristol Fertility Clinic on 0117 926 9701 or 07747 031393. You can also email: info@fertilitybristol.com